NCTA Affiliate

Border Route Trail Association


The Border Route Trail (BRT) is a 65-mile-long hiking trail that crosses the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the far northeast corner of Minnesota (Arrowhead) and follows the international border between Minnesota and Ontario. With the 2019 Congressional approval of the North Country Trail Route Adjustment Act (part of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act), the Border Route Trail is also officially designated as North Country National Scenic Trail. The BRT connects with the Superior Hiking Trail on its eastern terminus and with the Kekekabic Trail on its western end at the Gunflint Trail (Cook County Road 12).

The Border Route Trail Association (BRTA) was incorporated in 2004 to coordinate the maintenance of the Border Route Trail (BRT) and other public trails. The BRTA organizes trail clearing trips in the spring and fall to keep it in good condition. New volunteers are always needed! The BRTA also publishes maps and trail guides for the BRT.

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Connect and Get Involved

For more information about the North Country Trail in this section, please contact the NCTA Regional Trail Coordinator for North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin

Additional Local Resources

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Northwoods Volunteer Connection
Superior Hiking Trail Association